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What makes a Lowcountry autumn special to you? Is it the cooler weather, the lower humidity, or swatting at fewer mosquitos?     Fall is this writer’s favorite season, and he would probably put college football, oyster roasts and the changing of the leaves down as the top reasons why. That...
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, residents around Daniel Island and Clements Ferry reflect on what they are thankful for. From cherished family moments to accomplishing goals, the community paints a picture of the joys and blessings that filled its lives this year.   Michael Huff,...
Daniel Island middle school students who attend the University School of the Lowcountry recently submitted essays to the Patriot’s Pen Competition, a contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).     This year’s theme is “How are you inspired by America?”   Below are essay...
Vote Nov. 21 for mayor   We have an important runoff election for Charleston city mayor Nov. 21. I wish more people realized just how important the local elections are to maintaining our quality of life. Potential voters need to understand that those running for elected offices pay close...
There has been a bumper crop of nonfiction recently. I am presenting four here, but already have some for next month, so pace yourself.   The Daniel Island News Author Series in conjunction with the Daniel Island Historical Society hosted Dirk Smillie to discuss his book “The Business of...
Poll question: While the absence of any national races may dim some voter enthusiasm, the importance of voting in the 2023 election on Nov. 7 was nonetheless important. Some would argue local elections are the most important as those officials are the ones that impact you the most every day. And...
It seems like everyone is going to Portugal, just got back or wants to go. No wonder. Renowned for its beauty, cuisine, culture and history, it’s an attractive destination. My husband and I spent a month there this summer and found all of that to be true, but there were some surprises.  ...
Twenty years is a long time. That’s what I thought when the judge sentenced me for insider trading.     Just kidding! The 20-year reference is for publishing The Daniel Island News. Yes, it has been 20 years.     Back then, Daniel Island was much smaller. As I recall, Codner’s Ferry and...
“Writer’s block?” my lovely wife Grace inquired as she refilled my coffee cup.    I nodded and replied, “A little, but I’ll get it.”   “Another piece for The Daniel Island News?” my Aunt Toogie asked, looking up from her Sudoku puzzle. “How long have you been writing articles for them...
I’ll never forget my first trip to Daniel Island as a sportswriter. It was Thursday, June 11, 1998, and I was on assignment for The Post and Courier.   I remember the date because it was Bishop England High School athletic director Paul Runey’s anniversary. He and his wife, Patty, were...

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